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Equity Committee Elections 2017

9 June 2017

Equity is committed to ensuring that we are a powerful industrial force and that every voice in the union is heard.

To achieve this, the Equity Council has a network of committees, at the heart of which are three influential industrial committees — Screen and New Media, Stage and Variety, Circus and Entertainers — with the authority to conduct negotiations. These committees, made up of members with recent experience of relevant work and elected by members with similar experience, are at the forefront of improving pay and conditions for members. Supporting them are five specialist committees — Audio, Dance, Directors and Designers, Singers and Stage Management — all made up of members with recent relevant working experience.

There are also three national committees of members in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, four equality committees — Deaf and Disabled; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender+; Minority Ethnic; and Women — and a Young Members Committee.

These committees are an important part of the union’s democracy and a dynamic force for change. With the support of the Equity Council they are taking forward the industrial agenda, driving the union’s policy-making and ensuring that the voice of working members is heard at the centre of the union’s work.

Please use your vote to ensure that these committees represent you.

On the advice of our independent ballot scrutineer your ballot paper contains your name and address. Please be assured that this does not affect the secrecy of the ballot. Equity has no access to your ballot paper or to information on how or whether you voted, and ballot papers returned to Equity will not be counted.

To see all the candidates' election statements, click here.

To see candidates' video statements, click here.

To Vote by Ballot

Please read the instructions on entitlement to vote against each voting grid in the ballot paper included in this mailing and then vote by marking a cross (x) in the boxes next to your chosen candidates.

Return your completed ballot paper immediately in the pre-paid envelope provided so that it is received by the independent scrutineer Popularis no later than noon on Friday 14 July 2017. If you have lost your pre-paid envelope you can post your completed ballot paper to: Popularis, Nutsey Lane, Totton, Southampton SO40 3RL

To Vote Online

Please go to Equity’s website at www.equity.org.uk/members-area and click on the Vote Now button to be taken to the secure independent voting site, then use your unique voting code printed on the first page of your ballot paper.

The internet service is available 24 hours a day until noon on Friday 14 July 2017.

If you have any questions please call our elections helpline on 020 7670 0266 or email elections@equity.org.uk. You can also watch a short video about how Equity’s committees work on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/EquityUK

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